I've never done an official "birth plan" before. I'm really thinking of putting a very few bullet points on a piece of paper to give my nurse this time. Also, some very basic reminders for DH. I don't really have many things that I'm a big stickler about but I do have some specific things I would like to go differently this time.
So here's what I'm planning to write down and give the hospital staff:
- Plan to have a natural L&D; not wanting an epi or other pain meds. A local is fine if need some stitches post delivery.
- Would like to labor down once complete until I feel the urge to push (not start pushing just b/c I'm 10 cm)
- Try different pushing positions according to how I feel
- Delay cord cutting (like at least 3 to 5 minutes) and hopefully have baby placed on me immediately
So that's it...my goal here is few interventions during laboring, just let me do my thing. With the second and third items I'm trying to avoid tearing this time and although the pushing phase has gone very quickly for me in the past, I've never felt the urge to push and have just actively worked to push baby out while laying flat on my back. I'm thinking if I wait for the urge and get in better position then maybe it won't be as much work and I can control the exit better so I don't tear. I really have no clue on this but there is that saying about how doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. So just trying something different.
Anyone else preparing or did prepare any "birth plan"? Do you have any thoughts about what you are expecting / hoping for with this birth?